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Easy Steak au Poivre in a rich bourbon cream sauce takes 15 minutes to make. It’s a simple but elegant dinner that’s perfect for special occasions!

easy steak au poivre in bourbon cream sauce

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner that’s gourmet enough for a special occasion, you’re gonna love this easy steak au poivre recipe! And if you love beef and bourbon, you’re gonna be in heaven! It’s perfect for Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries or whenever you want something extra special.

Don’t be put off by the fancy French name. It’s basically just a thick-cut filet mignon with a crust of crushed peppercorns that’s seared over high heat and then topped with a rich creamy sauce. It only takes a little more than 10 minutes to cook, and it’s actually very easy to make. In other words, it’s a quick and easy meal.

Not gonna lie though — this is rich, peppery and not exactly budget friendly. We actually used 3 fillets and cut them into smaller pieces. Serve it with a salad and your favorite potatoes or easy ginger glazed carrots, sauteed green beans or asparagus, and it’s the right amount.

Or if you have a really big appetite, eat a whole one. No judging here!

You do need a few things to make this easy steak au poivre taste incredible:

  • Thick cut beef fillet or tenderloin about 1 1/2 inches thick — think filet mignon
  • A cast iron pan
  • Peppercorns
  • Kitchen timer


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I made this easy steak au poivre for our anniversary a couple of months ago. Yes, we actually ate at home instead of going out. See,  it’s way cheaper to make a delicious steak dinner at home instead of going to the restaurant I had in mind. Way, way cheaper! Plus, I would have had to order pizza or something for the kids, which is even more moolah.

Since I was really craving an amazing steak dinner, I decided to try the steak au poivre recipe from a Williams and Sonoma cookbook that I’ve had since the Hubs and I were first married. I thought it would be difficult, but it wasn’t at all. In fact, I was really surprised that something so easy could taste so special!

Basically all you do is crush some peppercorns and press them into the beef fillets. Next, you sear the meat over high heat, then let it rest while you make the sauce. And that’s it!

I used bourbon instead of the traditional cognac because that’s what we had. Besides, the smell of bourbon heating up is amazing! I also cooked the fillets for exactly 5 minutes per side, which is slightly longer than most recipes called for. We just don’t like our steaks to be mooing! I also let the meat simmer in the sauce for about a minute before serving.

easy steak au poivre recipe for french peppercorn steak

How to Make Easy Steak au Poivre in Bourbon Cream Sauce

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Easy Steak au Poivre

By: Dee
Easy Steak au Poivre smothered in a rich bourbon cream sauce features peppercorn crusted beef fillets seared over high heat and covered with a creamy sauce. It's a quick and simple but elegant dinner that takes just 15 minutes to make!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 6


  • 3 beef tenderloin fillets
  • 3 tablespoons cracked peppercorns
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ½ cup bourbon
  • ½ cup beef stock
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup heavy cream
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  • Pat beef fillets with paper towel to remove excess moisture, and press crushed peppercorns and sea salt evenly into meat so that both sides are covered 
  • Heat a cast iron pan or heavy bottomed frying pan over high heat until hot, and add olive oil and butter
  • Place steaks in pan, and cook for 5 minutes per side
  • Remove steaks from pan, place on a platter, and cover with foil
  • Add bourbon to pan, and stir to deglaze and loosen up browned bits
  • Add the beef stock, mustard and heavy cream, stir, and cook until sauce is thickened
  • Return steaks to pan, stir in any juice from platter, and spoon sauce over steaks 
  • Serve immediately for medium rare steaks, or simmer until temperature reaches 160 degrees, according to meat thermometer, and serve


Use caution, and step back when adding bourbon to hot pan as it will smoke
If you can't find peppercorns, use freshly ground pepper


Calories: 278kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 75mg, Sodium: 567mg, Potassium: 73mg, Vitamin A: 820IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 31mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: French
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The Hubs and I absolutely love this easy steak au poivre. Honestly, it’s a little more peppery than the kids like, but for us, it’s perfect! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Sharing this recipe at the Weekend Potluck!

Bon Appetit!


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  1. Miz Helen says:

    Your Steak will be delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  2. Cookin Canuck says:

    Steak au poivre with bourbon sauce sounds like the ultimate in delicious decadence. Perfect for a special occasion!

  3. Renee - Kudos Kitchen says:

    I’m seriously going have to make this for my husband for Father’s Day. He orders steak au poivre at restaurants so I know he’d be thrilled if I made it at home!

  4. Sandi G says:

    I love that peppery steak recipe!

  5. Cathy @ Lemon Tree Dwelling says:

    Yum! What a delicious blend of flavors for the sauce!

  6. Erin @ The Speckled Palate says:

    Fairly positive we would lick that sauce off our plates! SO GOOD!

  7. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious says:

    I wish I had this sauce at every meal! 😉 Seriously though how great would it be over some potatoes or pasta as a side to that steak??

  8. Des @ Life's Ambrosia says:

    A rich creamy bourbon sauce?! Someone hold me.

    1. Dee says:

      Exactly — I absolutely love this sauce! 🙂